Thursday, June 18, 2009

A Cuban Artist Pirated In Canada

A Message From Ares in Havana:

The Yves Laroche Gallery placed in Montreal It is commercializing a work of the internationally well-known Cuban artist Arístides Hernández Guerrero (ARES) violating his author rights and signed by another person “ARIEL?”. “Imagine” was created by Ares in the year 2002 as an acrylic on canvas painting of 1 m x 75 cms for an exhibition organized in the city of Cuneo in Italy. In Cuba several collections of T-shirts were made from a photo of this work and in the year 2005 a series of silk screens and many other impressions in different supports.

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ares plagarized

Now this gallery offering the above mentioned image signed by a supposed author named “Ariel”?

Contacted the gallery by the Cuban author they said that this work was sold to them by a Spanish "artist" but they contribute neither information of contact of him or his personal information.

It will be possible that such a shameless this fraud happening in the city of Montreal and simply nothing happens?


Ares was born in Havana, Cuba on September 2, 1963. Graduated as a doctor and psychiatrist

He has made cartoons, paintings and animated films, he currently works in Havana as a freelance artist and illustrator (mainly children’s books). His works have been published around the world.

He has won more than 100 awards, 80 of them at international level and has published fifteen books. He has illustrated more than fifty books and has worked in TV and film with some of his works being used to make short animated films (Filminutos).

In 1994, Ares was nominated by Witty World Magazine (USA) to be included in the list of the best cartoonists of the world and was included in the Memory Book project as one of the most relevant visual artists of Cuba in the 20th Century.

In 2002, Ares received the National Culture Medal from the Cuban Cultural Minister, is the vice-president of the visual artist association of the Cuban Artists and Writers Union (UNEAC) and vice-president of the Comic and Cartoon cathedra of the Jose Marti International Journalism Institute.

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